100 Animal Activists Lock Down Farm After Footage Shows 'Extreme Violence'

They said they want to dismantle the system which oppresses animals, and 'enslaves, exploits, and harms' them
Activists lock down a farm
Activists locked down the facility (Photo: Supplied)

Australian animal liberation activists locked down a farm at the end of last week, after footage emerged reportedly showing 'extreme violence inflicted on mother pigs and their babies'.

This was the second time the 'Meat the Victim' activists have locked down Glasshouse Country Farms in Beerburrum. One scene shows babies being thrown across the room. Another scene shows a mother pig being killed in a laneway, thrashing on the ground for some time until she is dragged out by workers as others watch on.

At the first action, 68 activists locked down inside the facility for six hours. 34 people refused to leave and they were charged with trespass. This time more than150 took part in the action, 100 entered the premises, and the rest protested peacefully outside.

Footage from the facility

Inhumane treatment of animals

"This kind of resistance aims to oppose oppressive systems that have seen other animals be enslaved, exploited and harmed," Leah Doellinger, a member of the inside team, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

"This issue extends beyond animals who are used for food. We need to dismantle the speciesist ideologies that have reduced animals to 'things'. We are challenging human supremacy head on by taking direct action like this."

Joanne Lee, a member of the outside team, added: "The truth continues to be censored from the public while the animal harming industry perpetuates the 'humane myth'. Labels such as 'cage-free', 'free range', 'grass-fed', 'organic' and 'local' are used to deceive and mislead the public into believing animals are 'humanely raised'."

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